The lab results from Natalie's blood draw yesterday look good. Natalie's blood and bone marrow are doing what they are suppose to do. Her hemoglobin is at 12.5. Platelets and ANC are stable at around the same numbers as last time. We tried not to bombard her poor doctor with too many questions yesterday as we've done in the past, but we did ask again when we could be around crowds. The answer is still the same that it is in Natalie's best interst that she does not get sick, and it's worth it to wait. At this point, if she does get sick, she would have to go into the emergency room and they would treat it really seriously. We definitey don't want that. Also, with the swine flu virus still going strong, it's probably best to play it safe with the kids.
So, we continue to collect creative ideas for the kids to have fun this Summer without exposing them to too many germs or the sun. Tonight, we took an idea that one of our friends gave us, and we are taking the kids out to a drive-in movie. We are going to watch "Ice Age". Both kids are bathed, in their pjs, have their snacks and blankets ready for the 8:50 show.
Tomorrow, we are going to stay a night at Embassy Suites in town so that the kids can swim in the in-door pool and feel somewhat like they are on vacation. At least it is something different for them to look forward to.
We've had good days and bad days dealing with the transition. Sometimes we do feel so overwhelmed thinking about getting Natalie and Sean ready to go back to school. It's hard to shake the fear of her getting sick from being at school with other kids. There have been days that the kids are so bored at home that they start getting on each other's nerves and my nerves. But, when we all remember how hard it was to be apart from each other so many months, we are super grateful for the time together. We wouldn't trade that for anything.